There are things in your body and mind that you can control. You can move your arms, speak and think about your to-do list. Then there are things that are harder to control. Your heartbeat, buried memories and emotions are a few examples. Where does creating art sit in this model? Do you consciously control
Your career matters. Whether you work part-time or full-time, for yourself or others, in an office or on the move, it’s a huge part of your life. It takes enormous amounts of time and energy. If your job is the right fit, then that investment rewards you. And you know that I don’t just mean
Your unconscious mind is always on and listening. It tracks the billions of bits of information coming from your body and the environment. It loves complexity and ambiguity, as it’s the finest pattern-finding machine on the planet. As for your conscious mind, not so much. You can only focus on a couple of things at
If you’ve heard all the benefits of self-hypnosis, then you might be intrigued. Some people describe it as being like meditation, only easier, more flexible and more fun. Others describe it as a gateway to your inner mind – one that you can step through at any time. From there, your altered state of consciousness
Hypnosis and marketing have a lot in common. Both have formulas to guide the process. Both transcend these formulas – they are useful guides but, if you follow them blindly, it leads to disaster. The PCAT formula underlies all hypnotic change: You start with the Problem/Parameters, so that people have what they want in mind.
For a long time, the brain was a black box. No one knew what it did or how it worked. History is rife with hilarious misconceptions, from Aristotle thinking the brain cooled the blood, to Descartes who thought the pineal gland was the home of the soul. It wasn’t until we were able to peek
If you are feeling tense, stressed and strung out for no reason, then something in your life is unbalanced. Tension should rise in the face of challenges, then quickly drain away. If it doesn’t, then something is amiss. Now, this could have a psychological cause. If you spend all day fixating on what can go
The human mind is full of riddles, mysteries and contradictions. I hope I’m not shocking anyone by saying that. We do things that don’t make sense. We follow rules then break them mid-stride. And, as passengers of these strange meat computers, we don’t notice these lapses. Everything seems smooth from the inside, which is why
Serotonin is on everyone’s lips lately. This strange little neurotransmitter shows up in all sort of weird places. Its role in mood regulation is so critical that many researchers call it the ‘happy molecule.’ It regulates appetite too. Hypnotists – I hope you’re paying attention. This little bundle of joy is worth paying attention to.
If you are catching an interstate bus, I recommend the midnight run. It draws the more interesting crowd. There’s something sublime about hurtling down the highway at the dead of night, surrounded by weirdos. And the last time this happened, I learned a great lesson about hypnosis. The driver, Edward, was exactly who you want